Heavyweight Rowers Face Princeton in First Race of the Spring
April 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team begins its 2013 season this Saturday when it travels to Princeton to face the Tigers on Lake Carnegie. Racing will begin in Princeton, N.J., at 9 a.m. with the fourth varsity race, followed by the third varsity at 9:20 a.m. The second varsity crews will compete at 9:40 a.m. and the first varsity then at 10 a.m. The final race of the morning will be the fifth varsity at 10:20 a.m.
"Our athletes are very excited for the first official race of the season," said first-year Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "We know Princeton is fast and beat all four of our varsity boats at the Princeton Chase this fall. Our training has been going well though, so we hope to give them a run for their money."
Princeton's top crew won the Princeton Chase in October, while Navy finished sixth - 15 seconds behind the Tigers in the three-mile race.
In its two other races during the fall, the Mids' varsity crew took first place at the Navy Day Regatta and 15th at the Head of the Charles.
Last spring, the Mids placed fifth overall at the Easter Sprints, while the varsity crew also placed fifth, which was its best finish at the event since 2004. Navy ended the 2012 season with a 10th-place finish as a team at the IRA National Championships. All five crews placed in the top-10 as the varsity eight posted its second top-10 finish since 2010.